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In a neighbourhood near Wat Boon Kanjanaram, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri, a battle rages between the tranquillity of the residences and loud music from neighbouring bars.

 

Seven nearby bars, each blasting tunes with the fervour of a rock concert, have transformed the once-tranquil area into a sleepless nightmare. International tourists, seeking refuge in apartment owner Kanjana Brousa’s building, now toss and turn as basslines pulsate through their walls. Kanjana’s abode, nestled within a semi-commercial building, bears the brunt of this auditory onslaught. Windows tremble in unison with the beats, crafting an unsettling rhythm that disrupts both residents and business activities.

 

Amidst the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kanjana invested her heart and millions into converting a commercial space into an apartment oasis. Little did she anticipate that neighbouring structures, once dormant, would awaken as rowdy bars, shattering the harmony of her investment. Despite her efforts for peace, including lodging three complaints with the local justice centre in Bang Lamung and extending olive branches to bar owners with occasional gifts, the blaring beats persisted, drowning out any goodwill.

 

As the bars cranked up the volume during late-night events, Kanjana resorted to reporting to the police. Though the police would respond, their efforts proved inconsistent. The bars would briefly lower their decibels, only to crank them up again shortly after. Residents suffered, with some demanding refunds after enduring hours of deafening noise, reported Pattaya Mail.

 

In a bid for relief, Kanjana invested in double layers of soundproof glass for every floor. Yet, the relentless noise persisted, seeping through the barriers. Now, she implores Pattaya City authorities, local administration, and the police to intervene swiftly.

 

In related news, Suphanburi police arrested over 20 motorcyclists following complaints from locals about frequent late-night disturbances. The operation, led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Peerapoj Rawangban, the Superintendent of Muang Suphanburi Police Station, and his deputy, Police Lieutenant Tawan Vatanarangsan, took place at the Ban Pho intersection in Mueang district, Suphanburi province last month.

 

By Nattapong Westwood

Caption: Photo courtesy of Pattaya Mail

 

Source: The Thaiger 2024-02-29

 

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1 hour ago, snoop1130 said:

Kanjana invested her heart and millions into converting a commercial space into an apartment oasis.

"a commercial space"?

So it seems she built residences in an area which was not used for residences, and she hoped that all will be quiet outside.

Interesting

 

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2 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

"a commercial space"?

So it seems she built residences in an area which was not used for residences, and she hoped that all will be quiet outside.

Interesting

 

 

She invested in shophouses.

 

Note they are shopHOUSES.

 

They are commercial developments that are DUAL-PURPOSE. You trade on the ground floor and RESIDE above the premises.

 

That's why they are called shopHOUSES

 

There's a high percentage of 2-star guest houses and apartments that carry out their trade in shophouses.

 

My favorite bar and restaurant was in a shophouse, sandwiched between two other shophouses, one being eventually converted into a Chinese backpackers flop and the other into a gogo bar.

 

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10 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Little did she anticipate that neighbouring structures, once dormant, would awaken as rowdy bars, shattering the harmony of her investment.

What a crock. How can this have any truth to it. The music noise is normal for any place near tourist bars and clubs. The way this story puts it. She must have never been outside her property after 2 in the afternoon. Since that is when most of them would have opened already. 

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9 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

"a commercial space"?

So it seems she built residences in an area which was not used for residences, and she hoped that all will be quiet outside.

Interesting

 

Perhaps it once was a quiet place.... the old adage, 'build it and they will come'... might well apply. Some services like a 7-11, a restaurant or two, would be welcome..... but Thais are also quick to chuck up a beer bar anywhere. I suspect they don't have all the correct licences, bar the popular brown envelope trump card!

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

In a bid for relief, Kanjana invested in double layers of soundproof glass for every floor. Yet, the relentless noise persisted, seeping through the barriers. Now, she implores Pattaya City authorities, local administration, and the police to intervene swiftly.

This is how Thailand rolls, bars and other businesses intertwined with residences is always a bad mix.

We have a "restaurant" nearby that turns into a live band venue every night from 8pm until 2pm, at midnight the volume gets cranked up with a 99% residential area surrounding it.

Multiple times it has been visited, but continues to carry-on.

 

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

she implores Pattaya City authorities, local administration, and the police to intervene swiftly.

The last word is laughable.  None of the three parties above move at more than a snail's pace.  There will be committees formed; meetings held; action plans drawn up; all to no avail. 

Thais like their bass rhythm; their pick-ups are mere boom-boxes; speaker vans are the most ludicrous selling mechanism ever invented creating slow-moving jams alienating potential customers and polluting the area.

If the customers are there till turned 2am every night then they can't have a job which has normal working hours.

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If she had fully researched that area before investing time and money in it she would have learned that in pre-covid times it had always been an entertainment district.

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I have heard of a condo in pattaya taking a bar to court over excessive noise (causing condo rooms to be unsellable and unrentable)

and winning the case.

Not saying where it is as its ongoing.

 

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Though the police would respond, their efforts proved inconsistent. The bars would briefly lower their decibels, only to crank them up again shortly after.

 

Same thing happened in New Zealand to a friend of mine. Noisy neighbours, same response of turning the music down and then up again. But there the police returned and confiscated their equipment. Thailand, nah. Another job half done. No law enforcement = anarchy with people acting with impunity.

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17 minutes ago, supersomchai said:

I have heard of a condo in pattaya taking a bar to court over excessive noise (causing condo rooms to be unsellable and unrentable)

and winning the case.

Not saying where it is as its ongoing.

 

 

One of my Condos in Wongamat has the music blaring from beach bars until 2am. It's pretty annoying but bugger all I can do about it really. 

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24 minutes ago, supersomchai said:

I have heard of a condo in pattaya taking a bar to court over excessive noise (causing condo rooms to be unsellable and unrentable)

and winning the case.

Not saying where it is as its ongoing.

 

Could be just about anywhere as it's a problem almost everywhere.  That is just one reason why I would never want to buy a place and try avoid any kind of long term lease I would not be willing to walk away from.

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There is of course a law stipulating maximum DB levels allowed to escape your property after 11pm.

Another problem is not just DB but Hz levels. Most Thai bars purchase these cheap audio systems 

& crank up the bass as far as it will go.

A good Dolby system will reduce the lower hard to treat Hz levels

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1 minute ago, steven100 said:

it's like most things in Thailand, it's not controlled or regulated ... it's just actioned ad-hock as needed...

 

 

 

 

and thats why we love the place, long may it continue.

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14 hours ago, ikke1959 said:

many speakers screaming with as an extra a background music that belongs in a club,

 

they think somehow that cranking up the music will attract customers - how wrong they are

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20 hours ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

A Thai woman does something dumb, then tries to blame others for her own stupidity and lack of due diligence. 

 

Now wants everyone to change to accommodate her. 

 

Predictable. 

I think that is harsh. Noisy bars should be subject to some zoning and/or operating hours restrictions. Sadly it appear the authorities are more interested in turning the whole place into some crazy land. 

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